My job as head of the International Relations Office of the Carinthian University of Applied Studies (CUAS) has similarities with the work of the CIC: the in- and outboarding services provided by us to our students are provided by the CIC across company boundaries to Carinthia’s international employees. For this reason, my connecting points with the CIC are mainly professional. I regularly use the CIC’s English homepage, promote the CIC with our newly arrived international staff and resort to the CIC’s network. In return, several families accompanying international employees of CIC member companies decided to go for one of the
CUAS’s taught English programs and hence increase the CUAS’s internationality.
The current topic at the CUAS is the Diversity Charter which we signed during the CIC’s 5 year celebration in February 2015. It is about how we, as the CUAS, can benefit from diversity, and, seen from the perspective of the International Relations Office, it is the international aspects that matter. One sees that nternationalization has reached the region. It may not be perfect yet, but we are on the right track.
(Photo Stefano Lunardi | Interview Birgit Stegbauer)